Fire Chief Todd Queen recognized Redmond Emergency Medical Service for helping the local department reach this goal.
He said Redmond EMS provided needed equipment for the rescue truck.
"We were shy a few pieces on our main truck," Queen explained. "After discussions with them and talking with state people, we opted to license our reserve truck. Now our primary and back up rescue vehicles are licensed as first responder units."
In event of a disaster, responders from the Rockmart fire station can fill two completely stocked rescue trucks almost immediately as long as manpower can be provided.
A second truck also provides coverage if the main unit has a mechanical problem and is out of service.
"We now have a unit in reserve that we can use without moving a lot of equipment," Queen said. "This speeds up any down time."
When Redmond contracted with Polk as the EMS provider, Director Robert Early said both Cedartown and Rockmart needed a first responder license.
"We were committed to help them accomplish that goal," he said. "Therefore, Redmond provided much needed equipment."
Early said that Redmond EMS has received a good reception since assuming the role of emergency services provider in Polk.
"We have seen a drop in response time," he explained. "Everything is going good and we will continue to get out in the community and educate people about our services."